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Boris Johnson’s only way out of this crisis is to resign

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05.09.2019

Jo Johnson’s resignation may not have much practical effect, but it is symbolic, and it dramatises his brother’s problem.

The prime minister cannot have an early election, because Labour MPs refuse to vote for it. He won’t ask for a Brexit extension, as required to do by the backbench bill that will be law by Monday. It looks as if he will have to resign.

Boris Johnson could even announce his intention to resign – as prime minister but not as leader of the Conservative Party – on Monday. He would have to do it anyway by 19 October, which is the date set in Hilary Benn’s bill by which whoever is prime minister would have to sign a letter to Donald Tusk, the EU president, asking for an extension to the Article 50 period.

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